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A WEEKEND AT THE SEA RANCH

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The Sea Ranch was conceived in the 1960s as a community development project harmonizing the built environment with the natural environment. Straddling a 10 mile stretch of California's Highway One along the northern piece of the Sonoma County coast (just south of Mendocino county), the Sea Ranch currently holds about 1800 homes. With a superstar design team including Landscape Architect Lawrence Halprin and architects Charles...
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BREAKFAST AT BERGSSON MATHUS

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When visiting new places, I love eating breakfast or brunch out on the town. Even if my hotel offers breakfast, at least once during my stay I try to venture out and eat out like a local. Just the act of ordering a coffee at a cafe helps to ground me in a new place. No matter where I am, everyone loves a morning cup...
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BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO TRAVEL

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From watching the Northern Lights in Iceland, to feeding Stingrays in the Cayman Islands, to eating Bucatini all'Amatriciana in Rome, travel has opened my eyes and mind to the incredible wealth of natural and cultural wonders the world has to offer. As a firm believer in the importance of travel, I've put together this quick list of items to consider before planning a trip, domestic or...
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THE ULTIMATE SAN FRANCISCO FOOD GUIDE

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San Francisco is a veritable food mecca with delicious options virtually around any corner. Being a Bay Area native compounded with having lived in the city for several years, I have amassed quite the list of go-to eats in most San Francisco neighborhoods.BERNAL HEIGHTSOld Bus Tavern- Quirky but charming restaurant & bar featuring sharing plates, yummy cocktails, and a full craft beer listLittle Nepal- Mix of...
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SUNRISE HIKE AT LAKE BLED

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I have always been one to appreciate the morning light and the sunrise. Maybe it's because I'm a borderline insomniac and a total morning person, or perhaps because it takes a bit more effort to wake up and see the sunrise. Either way, the draw for morning vistas, especially in new places is highly appealing. Lake Bled is one such place where a little effort...
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A DAY IN RAVELLO

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It's official. I am in love with Ravello. The Amalfi Coast as a whole is pretty spectacular, but sometimes the hordes of tour groups/tourists can get a little grating. For some respite from the crowds, I would highly recommend a day or two up in Ravello, situated on the cliffs above Amalfi (and thus slightly removed from the ferries and cruise ships that bring the groups).My...
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SENTIERO DEGLI DEI

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I have been on a lot of epic hikes in a lot of epic places - Yosemite, Arches National Park, Sierra Nevada (Tahoe and Spain!), Cinque Terre, Cascades, Patagonia, North Bay of San Francisco etc. etc. etc. My hiking expectations are quite high, but sometimes even my own high expectations are shattered. This hike did just that.Aptly named The God's Pathway, the Sentiero degli Dei is a...
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LOCAL LOVE | DELFINA PIZZERIA

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There are always those food venues that you return to without fail - they may not be the best of the best or the most trendy, but they have that something that keeps bringing you back. I live in the Mission Dolores/Noe Valley region of SF. If you're familiar with the area you know that in the past several years an array of new restaurants have...
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HARPA | ARCHITECTURAL MUSINGS IN REYKJAVIK

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I have been dubbed "Architect Nerd" by my best friend. Although, I do not think the use of the word Nerd is appropriate, I do appreciate good architecture that provokes thoughts/feelings in those observing or within it. Harpa, is one such example of what I deem good architecture - a building that relates to the site, draws from the surrounding culture, and has that je ne...
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ION ADVENTURE HOTEL | A REVIEW

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Championed as a luxury adventure hotel, Ion hopes to target those visitors to Iceland that are looking for scenery, curated adventure, fine dining, and boutique accommodations. I don't know when or where, but sometime before I even was planning a trip to Iceland, I came across a photo of theIon hoteland was understandably impressed - a modern building, seemingly jutting out into the Icelandic landscape beneath the dancing...
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